Art auction raises money for Spring Branch ISD student artists
Student artists in Spring Branch ISD were the beneficiaries of the 12th Newspring Student Art Auction.
The event was held Friday, May 10, at the A.D. Players George Theater, hosted by A.D. Players Executive Director Jake Speck and Development Director Sherri Suarez Foreman. More than 200 guests gathered in the lobby of the George Theater for the event.
Newspring — a faith-based non-profit “dedicated to making positive social and economic impact in the Spring Branch area” — supporters gathered to visit with Spring Branch ISD student artists and bid on their artwork. Wine and light bites were also offered.
Guests were able to visit each student and learn the inspiration for their artwork. The young students, primarily high-school age, “learned how to interact with potential customers and market their artwork. After two hours, the bidding closed and 30 guests went home with one or two framed artworks,” according to a news release.
The Student Art Auction raised $9,350, with all proceeds going directly to the students. Over 12 years of the event, about $158,000 has been raised.
Bradley’s Art and Frame donated the majority of the framing, with additional support from Framecrafters. Both companies are longtime Spring Branch businesses who support Newspring.
Among the attendees at the event were Newspring Founder Robert Westheimer and wife Lanoe; Sharon Webb, Board Chair; Sandy and Gerald Bennett; Frank Monachelli; Jennifer Evans; Melanie and Bob Whatley; Tracy Faulkner; Mary and Todd Fuller; Luiza Grandchamp; Bill Stubbs; Monica and Tripp Hill; Barbara Retzloff; Judy and Jack Barry; Sue and Joe Warren; Grace and Gary Olander; Nancy and Hugh Wilfong.
Other notable attendees included Bill Stubbs of River Oaks; Memorial residents Sandy and Gerald Bennett, Mary and Todd Fuller, Monica and Tripp Hill, Barbara Retzloff, Sue and Joe Warren, Tracy Faulkner, Melanie and Robert Whatley, Jennifer Evans, and Angela Cheves; and Tanglewood residents Lanoe and Robert Westheimer, and Judy and Jack Barry.
For more information on Newspring, visit https://newspringcenter.org.